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Have you ever noticed that, when you are going through a major trial, it always seems to get worse in the middle of the night. I can’t tell you the number of times over the decades I find myself waking up in the middle of the night and my mind just starts racing! Being in the Sandwich Generation, there’s never a shortage of issues and concerns! And, of course, the thoughts are rarely about the positive things in the trial. It’s always the darkest and gloomiest things that you remember as you lay there trembling, fretting, and worrying! That’s why Psalm 18:28b is on my list of comforting Bible verses. My way of “caring for the caregiver.” 🙂
The Lord my God illumines my darkness.
That’s one of those uplifting Bible verses that are like a big HUG, isn’t it? I’ve learned what things to do in the middle of the night when I lay there for more than a couple of minutes. I need to turn on a quiet sermon or some peaceful praise and worship hymn songs and music to take the focus of my mind OFF my fears and put it ON to God. Sometimes, I even get up to read and study the encouraging Word of God. God uses all of these to brighten my heart, relax my mind, and light up my darkness.
I love Bebo Norman‘s lovely praise and worship hymn songs and music and was delighted to find he recorded the encouraging song, Great Light of the World, which is on his album, Great Light of the World: The Best of Bebo Norman. Just click PLAY on the Smilebox eCard and enjoy this lovely song along with a foretaste of my favorite season, AUTUMN.
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Wasn’t that lovely? I was interested to note this song is also on his album, Christmas… From the Realm of Glory, even though it is not a tradtional “Christmas song.” So now I am blessed by the words and music AND the thought of Christmas songs plus the lovely Smilebox eCard with gorgeous autumn trees, and colorful leaves falling, have led to tantalizing thoughts of Autumn followed closely by Christmas praise and worship songs. Now that’s the kind of Sunday this baby boomer LOVES! 🙂 I know! I am really “hooked” on autumn! I am SOOO looking forward to Autumn joys such as autumn decorations and centerpieces, flowers and wreaths, lovely fall foliage, art activities for grandparents and their grandchildren and so much more! (I just bought a BUNCH of supplies at Michael’s yesterday and I’m really looking forward to sharing different projects with you in the next few months). But, I digress (pleasant, though it might be).
I pray that this weekly series of comforting and uplifting Bible verses will be a blessing and an encouragement to you – a way of “caring for the caregiver” and that your darkness will be brightly lit by God’s Word and by “soaking” your heart in the various praise and worship hymn songs and music you’ll find on each post. 🙂